SENIOR HONOREES

2017 Senior Honorees

Senior Honorees and our Sponsors

  • Bill Nelson |

    Sempra Energy is proud to honor William E. (Bill) Nelson.

    After enlisting in the U.S. Navy where he fought in World War II and was injured during the Battle of Iwo Jima, Bill Nelson used the GI Bill to fund his education, earning an undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University; a law degree from Loyola University School of Law; and later, a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin.

    Bill moved to San Diego in 1976 and made an extraordinary contribution to the San Diego community over his lifetime.

    From downtown to La Jolla, the skyline reflects his efforts. What was originally called the Union Bank building on 525 B Street was his first major development followed by the Prospect Center building in La Jolla.  The Scripps medical buildings on Genesee soon joined the list. He also led the development of Scripps Clinic and Research Immunological Lab and Scripps Clinic and Research Medical Office Building.

    He founded Scripps Bank in 1984 and was President and CEO Scripps Institute of Medicine and Science from 1992-1996. In 2001 he and a small group of investors founded Regents Bank which became part of the Grandpoint family of banks in 2012.

    His community engagement was as active as his business activity. He chaired the San Diego Opera, Greater Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Blood Bank and San Diegans Inc. (now the Downtown San Diego Partnership).

    This giant of a leader passed away earlier this year.  He is survived by Lollie, his wife of sixty five years, their four children, Lindsey (Dimity) of Pasadena, Neil of Seattle, WA, Mark (Tess) and Anne of San Diego, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

    One of Bill’s defining characteristics was bringing people and projects together.  If he were described as wine, it would have to be a California zinfandel – rich in personality and distinctly Californian.

  • May Grimm |

    Andy and Suzan Young are pleased to honor May Grimm in celebration of her life as a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

    May was born in 1926 in Pontiac, Michigan and was a life-long resident of the Wolverine State. May and her husband, Charles, had three children, Tim, Susan, and Kathleen. May’s legacy includes six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

    May worked as a secretary for the Southfield Police Department and was a member of the first-responder community for 20 years. May’s favorite past-times included playing golf and watching golf on TV. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing card games with friends.

    May was a member of Emmet County Friendship Center which creates a community to support healthy aging. In her later years, May benefited from the services of Meals on Wheels which allowed her to age in place. May was a true example of living life fully and aging gracefully.

  • Robert Brown |

    Hyder Company is pleased to honor Robert Brown

    Robert Brown has been a resident of Potiker Family Senior Residence for several years and he is very active, wonderfully social and takes the lead in a lot of the resident activities at the property.  Prior to moving into his current unit, he was a caregiver for another elderly resident helping him daily with his necessities, showing a very caring, compassionate side.  Mr. Brown and friends go around to the local stores and bakeries for bread and other products, then spends his Sunday mornings in the Community Room handing them out to the other residents of Potiker Family Senior Residence.  Mr. Brown has a wonderful voice and has been a member of the choir.  He is very involved with the singing group, and also leads a group of seniors participating in the writing club.  Hyder & Company would like to say to Mr. Brown that it is a pleasure to have a resident such as he is and to keep up the good work!  It is a pleasure to serve you!

  • Robert Max |

    Arlene & Ron Prater are please to honor Robert Max, grandfather of Ron Prater

    Robert Max was born in Poland sometime in the 1880’s. He came to the US as a young child and lived in New Jersey. He worked in a factory, and fell in love with a Catholic woman. As he was from a Jewish background, and both sets of parents were opposed to their marriage, he took the train as far as it would go from New Jersey, which happened to be Oakland, California. There he started up a nursery business and when he made a little money his fiancee joined him and they were married. He moved his nursery to South San Francisco, and after the 1906 earthquake he would hitch up his horse and wagon and go into San Francisco to help out those affected by the earthquake. His nursery business prospered in San Francisco and he had three children. He died at the approximate age of 92.